It’s hard to imagine not having control over your future, but that’s the risk you take if you avoid planning. If you’ve ever seen the show Trading Places, you’ve probably shared the moment of horror…how could they let them do that to that room? Well, even the best intentioned friends and family, don’t know exactly what your tastes are, or how you live in the space. What if those same people were responsible for your future, living at home or assisted living? Hooked up to life support, or DNR? Do you really want the same person who agreed to covering your bathroom walls in fake flowers to decide if you’re on a feeding tube? Of course not.
No resolutions, just make it a goal for 2009 to put your affairs in order. Wills, living wills, health care proxies, decide to take care of one a month. Do it for yourself, your family, and your parents. If you already have the paperwork done, take some time to review it and update anything that has changed.
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